News Release

News Release and Invitation
Ham Radio Class
March 4th, 2017

An Invitation
Once again the Benicia Amateur Radio Club and its volunteers will be conducting another One-Day Ham Radio Class. This class is intended for those wishing to get a Tech Ham license, or for existing Techs wishing to upgrade to General.

Conducted multiple times throughout the year, this class has been very well received by the greater Northern California community. We have helped Hams from Shasta to Santa Cruz, the San Joaquin Valley, and from the Peninsula to the Sierra Foothills.

Many of us know people that we’d love to see get into our exciting hobby but have faced opposition because they didn’t have time to study. As we know, many people typically require one to two months to prepare to pass their test.

We have the answer. Earn a license or upgrade in One Day!

Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam. Our exams are administered by federally accredited Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) immediately at the conclusion of the class. Our proven class pass rate easily exceeds home study results.

How your Club benefits
We have generated a large number of very active Hams who have brought additional participation, dimension and interest to their local clubs and their CERT Teams. We’re seeing our successful attendees now volunteering for On-The-Air activities, Drills, Nets & Public Service Events, and accepting leadership roles on club boards and committees.

Expand the success of your Club and its
Public Service Capabilities

Please Share this email with your club members, friends, family, co-workers and local CERT Teams

We invite all persons interested in obtaining a Ham license – or Techs wishing to upgrade – to enroll in this One-Day class. We have over 30 Facilitators and Accredited VE’s to help deliver this successful class.

One-Day Ham Radio Class

When:              March 4, 2017, 7:30AM-5:00 PM

Where:           Benicia Senior Center, 187 East “L” Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Cost:              $30. Includes all study material, venue, day-long refreshments, handouts, freebies and the federally required exam fee. All instructors, facilitators and VE’s are volunteers.

Access:         Our facility has full handicap access.

Info/Signup: Online at Class size is limited, register promptly.

Questions: or Ham Class Registrar, Art Mayoff, (925) 212-9953

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Unable to Overcome Florida Senator’s Objections

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, suffered an unbefitting demise on December 9 as the 114th Congress drew to a close. After passing the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote earlier this fall, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). The measure would have directed the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions, such as covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) imposed by homeowners associations.

“[During 2016] Nelson received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward,” ARRL said in a news release. “Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.”

In a final meeting with Nelson’s staff as the 114th Congress neared adjournment, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator would oppose the bill and refuse to allow it to move forward. Because the measure had not been put on the floor schedule, the only way it could have passed the Senate would have been through a process called “unanimous consent.” A Senate member may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside rules and expedite proceedings. If any single Senator objects, though, the request is rejected.

The unhappy ending followed nearly 2 years of intense effort on the part of ARRL and thousands of its members, who contacted their Congressional representatives to urge their support of the measure on Capitol Hill. The ARRL Board of Directors is expected to discuss the future of the initiative at its January meeting.

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner December 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM
At Filippis Pizza Grotto

Family style meals include sourdough garlic bread and nonalcoholic beverages

Garlic & Oil Pizza
Fresh garlic, olive oil, green onions, black olives, artichoke, fresh tomato
topped with parmesan cheese, cut in squares

Antipasto Salad
Romaine & iceberg salad with tomatoes, red onions, carrots, broccoli, garbanzo beans, green olives, pepperoncini, sharp provolone cheese, salami and mortadella


Layers of noodles with meat sauce and cheeses baked in the oven to perfection

Chicken & Prosciutto Tortellini
Tender pasta filled with chicken, prosciutto, cheese and fresh herbs, served with, Alfredo, meat, marinara, pesto or pesto cream sauce

Eggplant Parmigiana
Sliced, breaded and fried eggplant then baked with marinara sauce parmesan and mozzarella

Dessert choices

Price $33.00

RSVP by November 29, 2016 to David Whalin AE6W  or email

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Want to listen to the ham bands in other parts of the world? “A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously. SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.” Almost 200 sites around the world are listed along with their operating setup. You select the band, mode, filters etc and listen live. You can even check to see if your signal is making it to Brazil, Australia or even Texas!

Check it out at the link listed in the Member’s Favorites.

Enjoy and be sure to send me your favorite internet links.

John, WB6V

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Repeater information

Got a new ht or mobile (like me) and wondering what repeaters to program into it? A new link has been added to the Member’s Favorites called “Repeaters – Repeaters”. The Northern Amateur Relay Council of California, Inc. (NARCC) is the Amateur Radio coordinating organization for the 10 meter band and higher in Northern California. Free databases are given for each band and area – i.e. 2 meters in the North Bay. If you’re using programming software to program that new rig you can even cut and paste making the programming easy. Enjoy!

John, WB6V

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